Adam Fischer acquired his profound understanding of the opera world and his unusually broad repertoire by taking the classic career path steps from répétiteur (Graz) to General Music Director (Freiburg, Kassel, Mannheim und Budapest). He is revered as an intuitive, sensitive partner by singers and orchestras. His international breakthrough came in 1978 when he took over the baton from Karl Böhm, conducting “Fidelio” at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Since then he has been a guarantor of thrilling opera evenings at all leading opera houses of the world. His closest links are with the Wiener Staatsoper: here he made his debut in 1980 with “Otello”, and since then he has conducted 26 different works. In 2017 he was appointed Honorary Member of this legendary institution.
When he became Chief Conductor of the Danish Chamber Orchestra in 1998, he found the ideal partners for his innovative and radical ideas: open-minded musicians who enjoy experimenting. Together, over many years of collaboration, they have been able to develop their very own individual style. With a recording of all Mozart symphonies (International Classical Music Award 2015) and a complete Beethoven recording, presented in 2019, Adam Fischer ventured into new territory in terms of musical interpretation to enthusiastic international acclaim.
Adam Fischer also embarked on a completely new path in 2006 when he founded the Wagner Days in Budapest: together with Gábor Zoboki, the architect of the Palace of Arts (MUPA), he realised his idea of performing Wagner’s work in a concert hall by including the entire hall in an all-round artistic experience. Offering a heightened focus on Wagner’s music, the Budapest Wagner Days under Adam Fischer’s artistic leadership have established themselves as a world-class Wagner opera festival which has been named “Bayreuth on the Danube” by the New York Times.
As Principal Conductor of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Adam Fischer began a Haydn-Mahler cycle in 2015 which was also received with international enthusiasm. In addition to excellent reviews in all relevant media, his Mahler recordings with the orchestra received the highest distinctions with the 2019 BBC Music Magazine Award and an OPUS Klassik nomination 2019 for best orchestra recordings of the year.
Adam Fischer regularly uses his success and the broad international public for important messages about humanity and democracy. The Human Rights Award of the Tonhalle Düsseldorf which he has presented every year since 2014 is a testimony to this, and he is regularly asked for help and advice on the burning issues of our time. For his commitment he received - amongst others - the renowned Wolf Prize of the Wolf Foundation in Jerusalem and the Gold Medal in the Arts of the Kennedy Center, Washington. He has been a member of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights for more than twenty years.
Adam Fischer is an Honorary Member of the Musikverein für Steiermark in Graz. He holds the honorary Austrian title of Professor and he has received the Order of Dannebrog from the Queen of Denmark.
He lives with his family in Hamburg, Berlin and Budapest.
In addition to his regular appearances in Düsseldorf, Copenhagen and at the Budapest Wagner Days (“Ring des Nibelungen”, “Meistersinger”), his projects in 2019/20 will take him to the Bonn Beethovenfest (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment), the Berliner Philharmoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (“Otello”), Hamburgische Staatsoper (“Don Giovanni”, new production), Wiener Staatsoper (“Don Giovanni”, “Ring des Nibelungen”, “Fidelio”) and Teatro alla Scala in Milan (“Tannhäuser”).